Lex Shrapnel

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Lex Shrapnel
Alexander Carey Shrapnel

(1979-10-06) 6 October 1979 (age 41)
London, England
OccupationActor, voice actor
Years active1997–present
Parent(s)John Shrapnel
Francesca Ann Bartley
RelativesNorman Shrapnel (paternal grandfather)
Tony Bartley (maternal grandfather)
Deborah Kerr (maternal grandmother)

Alexander Carey Shrapnel (born 6 October 1979) is an English actor and voice actor.

Early life[edit]

Shrapnel was born the second of three boys for Francesca Ann (née Bartley) and actor John Shrapnel, in London.[1] He is the brother of director/writer Tom Shrapnel and writer Joe Shrapnel and, through his mother, the grandson of Academy Award-nominated actress Deborah Kerr.[1] He graduated from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.


He has appeared in many film and television roles such as K-19: The Widowmaker, Nine Lives, Thunderbirds, Breakfast on Pluto, Flyboys, Ministry of Mayhem and The Last Detective. He also appeared in the Doctor Who audio play, Shadow of the Past.

Shrapnel's Hotspur in Henry IV in the Royal Shakespeare Company's critically acclaimed 2008 production was described as 'thrillingly charismatic'.[2] He also has appeared on stage in 2011 in Terence Rattigan's The Deep Blue Sea performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse. He is quoted as saying "Before going in you set a high bar for yourself, but you’ve just got to get into rehearsals, do the work and hope it comes together".[3]

According to actress Emily Blunt on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, he once played Romeo to her Juliet in a production of the Shakespeare play.



Year Title Role Notes
2002 K-19: The Widowmaker Kornilov[1]
2002 Nine Lives Tom
2004 Thunderbirds John Tracy[1]
2005 Breakfast on Pluto Soldier at Roadblock
2006 Minotaur Tyro
2006 Flyboys Grant
2007 The Tonto Woman Springfield
2009 An Organisation of Dreams Lex
2011 Captain America: The First Avenger Gilmore Hodge
2014 SEAL Team 8: Behind Enemy Lines Case
2018 Hamlet Revenant
2018 Extinction Ray


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Ministry of Mayhem Himself
2005 Beneath the Skin Fred
2006 Sharpe's Challenge Captain Lawrence
2007 The Last Detective Young Billy 1st episode
2009 Minder Jamie Cartwright[1] 6 episodes
2012 Hunted Ian Fowkes[4]
2013 Endeavour Roy Adamson[5] Episode: "Fugue"
Casualty Mark Caffola Episode: "Garage Flowers"
By Any Means DI Campbell Episode #1.2
2014 The Assets Mitch Weaver
2016 Medici: Masters of Florence Rinaldo degli Albizzi


  1. ^ a b c d e Dessau, Bruce (2 February 2009). "Lex Shrapnel, the new Minder star". TimesOnline.co.uk. 1 Virginia Street, London, E98 1XY: Times Newspapers Ltd. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.CS1 maint: location (link)
  2. ^ Spencer, Charles (18 April 2018). "Shakespeare's Histories: The best I've seen in thirty years". Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  3. ^ Giles, Hannah (29 January 2011). "Brief Encounter With ... Lex Shrapnel". Whatsonstage.com. Retrieved 25 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Radio Times Cast list for Hunted". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Lex Shrapnel". IMDb. Retrieved 15 February 2019.

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